John Tusa Biography

Sir John Tusa is a BBC Newsnight broadcaster, author, and journalist from the United Kingdom. Before becoming co-chairman of the European Union Youth Orchestra, he was the managing director of the BBC World Service and the Barbican Arts Centre.

How old is John Tusa? – Age

He was born in Zlin, Czechoslovakia, on March 2, 1936. He is 86 years old as of 2022.

Where did John Tusa go to school? – Education

He went to St Faith’s School in Cambridge, Gresham’s School in Holt, and Trinity College in Cambridge, where he got a first-class history degree.

John Tusa – Family

Tusa and his family immigrated to England in March 1936.
His dad, also John Tusa, was the managing director of British Bata Shoes, which was formed by the Czechoslovak shoe company, which also developed a pioneering work-living community around its plant in East Tilbury, Essex, in keeping with its international style. Tusa senior flew out of Czechoslovakia on a Bata corporate jet two days before the German occupation on March 15, 1939, through Poland, Yugoslavia, and France. He later relocated to Horndon-on-the-Hill, where his son grew up, to take over as general manager of the Bata plant and its associated village in East Tilbury.

John Tusa’s Wife

Ann Tusa, Tusa’s wife, is also a novelist. There isn’t much information available regarding his children.

John Tusa The BBC journalist
John Tusa The BBC journalist

What is Tusa Salary?

His salary is not known.

Tusa Net Worth

His net worth is under review.

John Tusa Career

He began working for the BBC as a trainee in 1960. After hosting the BBC’s 24 Hours and then Newsnight (from its start in 1979), he was appointed managing director of the BBC World Service from 1986 to 1993. Tusa served as President of Wolfson College from January until October 1993. He then worked as a newsreader on the BBC’s One O’Clock News for two years in the mid-1990s. He hosted the BBC’s coverage of the D-Day 50th-anniversary festivities in June 1995, as well as the Hong Kong handover on June 30, 1997. From 1995 until 2007, he was the managing director of the Barbican Arts Centre in the City of London. He served as chairman of the board of the Wigmore Hall in London for several years before being named chairman of the University of the Arts London in 2007.
For many years, he was a member of Imperial College London’s governing Council, on the strength of which he was given vice-chancellor roles at Reading and later York University.
Tusa, on the other hand, was a journalist first and foremost, and he determined that he lacked the necessary financial competence. For the same reason, he was turned down for the role of Director-General of the BBC in 1987. On June 18, 2007, he was named as the next chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum, but he resigned a month later, citing a conflict of interest with his job at the University of the Arts London. Tusa stated in 2013 that he would step down as chairman of the University of the Arts London in August of that year and that Sir John Sorrell CBE would take his place. Tusa is still writing and broadcasting worldwide. He co-wrote two books, The Nuremberg Trial (1983) and The Berlin Blockade (1988), with his historian wife, Ann Tusa (1988). Art Matters, On Creativity, and The Janus Aspect: Artists in the Twenty-First Century are among his works on the arts. Engaged with the Arts: Writings from the Frontline by John Tusa was released in 2007. It investigates how the arts might be promoted in a cultural and political atmosphere when financing is continuously in danger.
John Tusa has been critical of various BBC practices since stepping down as director of the BBC World Service.
He criticized former Director-General John Birt’s emphasis and managerial style, and he has been vocal in his opposition to subsequent choices to reduce World Service activities throughout Europe, especially the Czech department. Tusa was the Clore Leadership Programme’s chair from January 2009 until 2014. Tusa interviewed 55 significant individuals in the arts for BBC Radio 3 between 2000 and 2005.
Tusa hosted a 91-part series on BBC Radio 4 from October 2009 through the end of the year. Day By Day utilizes authentic archive news information to chronicle events from 1989, including the collapse of the Berlin Wall, on a daily basis.

He was named honorary chairman of in February 2010. He was named co-chairman of the European Union Youth Orchestra in 2014.

Tusa is a fervent supporter of arts financing, arguing that cuts to the arts do more harm than good.

John Tusa Books

  • BBC Books, 1990, Conversations with the World
  • Broadside Books, 1992, A World in Your Ear
  • Art Matters, Methuen, 1999
  • On Creativity, Methuen, 2003
  • The Janus Aspect, Methuen, 2005
  • 2007 IB Tauris. Engaged in the arts.
  • IB Tauris, 2014, Pain in the Arts
  • W & N 2018, Making a Sound: Getting It Right and Wrong in Life, the Arts, and Broadcasting.

Co-authored with Ann Tusa, The Nuremberg Trial (Macmillan, 1983).

  • The Berlin Blockade (1988-1988) by Hodder & Stoughton

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